A blend of 75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Grand Corbin-Despagne is deep garnet-purple colored and features baked black cherries, mulberries and plum preserves with touches of rose hips, Marmite toast and fallen leaves. Full-bodied, rich and decadent in the mouth, the voluptuous fruit is well framed by firm, rounded tannins and great freshness, finishing long.
93-95 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Apr 2019)
The 2018 Grand Corbin-Despagne is a juicy, luscious wine with quite a bit of near and medium-term appeal. The ripe, forward style works well in this attractive, forward Saint-Émilion. Succulent dark cherry, tobacco, cedar, menthol and licorice all run through this racy, inviting Saint-Émilion. This is very nicely done. Tasted four times.
91-94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2019)
A red with a fantastic core of dark berries and hints of vanilla, as well as firm tannins. Full-bodied, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Big wine with lots of structure. Very well done.
92-93 points, James Suckling (Apr 2019)
Deeply colored, the 2018 Château Grand Corbin-Despagne checks in as a blend of 75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and the final 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, all aging in 50% new French oak. It has a rich, full-bodied, powerful style as well as notes of smoked black fruits, roasted coffee, earth, and graphite. With plenty of integrated oak, good freshness and purity, and ripe tannins, it's another solid, impressive 2018.
91-93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2019)